If summer break brings a bit of anxiety your way (yippee for no school drop offs and pickups, but what to do all day?), don’t worry. We’ve got you! Start this weekend by filling your calendar with fun family events, including concerts, brunches and street festivals. And just like that, you’ve got your summertime planning groove back.

photo: Well Ray Del Ray


Riverdale Park Station’s Summer Concert Series
Start your summer weekends off right with live musical performances from some of the area’s most talented artists. From pop rock and folk acts to Latin- and Swing-themed nights, there is something for everyone playing down in Riverdale Park Station’s Bear Square this summer. Fri. Event Details.

National Mall

Solstice Saturday Festival
Don’t miss the museum’s annual Solstice Saturday, which opens with traditional Bolivian dancing by Tradiciones Bolivianas, Tinkus Llajtaymanta and Centro Cultural Bolivia, and music by Tarqueada VA USA. Make your own Andean fan based on the “chakana” (a symbol indicating the four cardinal directions) and add luminescent embellishments to show off later in the evening. Get inspired by the solar and lunar imagery throughout the museum and decorate your own canvas bag to take home. Sat. Event Details.

The Wharf

Mickey’s Royal Breakfast
Enjoy a lively, all-you-care-to-eat buffet with Disney & Sesame Street Friends in a bright, happy space. As you soak up the expansive views and overlook the newly renovated District Wharf, your child’s favorite Disney & Sesame Characters will mingle with guests for photos and autographs and periodically lead diners in song and dance. Sat. Event Details.

Del Ray

Well Ray Del Ray
The Del Ray Business Association, presents the sixth annual Well Ray Festival, a celebration of health and wellness, this event will take place rain or shine! Located in Del Ray, a neighborhood just outside of Washington, D.C. Come browse health and lifestyle inspired tents. Win prizes and make sure to bring your mat and be prepared to move! Led by vendors in and around Del Ray, enjoy free yoga, Pilates, CrossFit, Spin, Barre, dance classes and more. Get the whole family involved in health! Sat. Event Details.

Glen Echo

The Cat in the Hat
From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that the cat in the hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with. And he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mom find when she gets home? Sat. Event Details.


Learn About Mysterious Dinosaurs
In the Dinosaur Mysteries exhibit you’re the paleontologist. Over a dozen full size dinosaurs roam this exhibit hall. Walk under, over, and through a landscape filled with dig pits, a field lab, excavation sites, and other areas of discovery. Sun. Event Details.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady